Whangarei students Sean Thorburn and Kelly Springford have been awarded Ray White Allens Education Foundation Scholarships to study at NorthTec.
They were selected from nearly 100 applicants from schools across Northland. Sean, from Pompallier College, will study cinematography and video-editing in the Media Arts programme and Kelly, from Whangarei Girls' High School, will study for a Bachelor in Nursing.
Sean said for as long as he could remember, his goal was to be successful in the film industry.
"I feel that the language of cinematography, how the pacing and visual flow of images can create a vivid, coherent experience in the viewer's mind, is something that I resonate to and understand on a natural and instinctive level," he said.
He aims to complete the Diploma in Applied Arts (Digital Multimedia, Level 6) then move further into video editing at South Seas Film School and then the Toi Whakaari Film School.
Kelly's recent experience of assisting in a family birth led her to choose nursing as a career path - one she was keen to pursue at NorthTec. A karate expert, Kelly said she would apply the same dedication for her sport to nursing.
"I have been told NorthTec trains very good practical nurses, something I aspire to be - I want to do the best I can in NorthTec's Bachelor of Nursing Level 7 as successfully completing this qualification will give me an advantage when searching for jobs," she said.
Described by her teachers as "an outstanding young woman", Kelly has furthered her interest in a nursing career through participation in the Incubator programme - giving her hands-on experience in the health sector.
Ray White Allens Education Foundation scholarship recipients each receive up to $2000 each in funding to be used towards their approved course of study.